DANVILLE, Va. - The Bluefield Blue Jays took the series finale 14-5 from the Danville Braves on July 3.
The Blue Jays took an early lead and despite the D-Braves rallying for the lead, Bluefield pulled away with big innings in the fifth, seventh and ninth to hand Danville their biggest loss of the season.
Bluefield plated two in the first inning, with an RBI single and a sac fly giving them an early advantage. Danville answered with two runs of their own, with Brandon Chapman providing a big RBI double to score Garrett Saunders and Victor De Hoyos to tie it all up at 2.
Danville took the lead in the third inning, with Bryce Ball driving in Michael Mateja with a sacrifice fly. The lead didn't last long, with Bluefield putting four runs across to make the score 6-3. The D-Braves were able to answer in the bottom of the inning, with Ball delivering yet again, putting two on the board with an RBI double to narrow the gap to 6-5.
That was all the scoring that Danville would contribute, as it was all Bluefield the rest of the way. Joseph Reyes hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning, and the Blue Jays scored five runs in the ninth inning to make the final score 14-5.
Danville, needing to save some arms for the team's upcoming road trip to Princeton, pitched outfielder Charles Reyes and designated hitter Brandon Chapman in the ninth inning. Both players made their first professional appearances as pitchers in the ninth inning.
The D-Braves hit the road for a quick road trip to play the Rays in Princeton beginning on July 4, returning back home for two against Burlington July 7 and 8.
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